Doublethink

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Doublethink in George Orwell's dystopian novel 1984 is the practice of keeping two contradictory thoughts in one's own mind.

In formal logic, it is considered disproof of a premise if that premise implies two contradictory statements (see Reductio Ad Absurdum). So in Orwell's nightmare political vision, citizens participate actively in their own indoctrination, willingly accepting false government propaganda. Indeed, the main character of 1984 is a man whose job is to falsify historical documents in the government archives.

Examples of Liberal Doublethink Today

  • Calls to surrender our liberties to the nanny state so that it can defend our freedoms.
  • Moving effortlessly back and forth between praising the wisdom of the people and saying that America is a republic, not a democracy, in accordance with whether the majority agrees with any given liberal principle or not.

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